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Does the tenure of Private Equity investment improve the performance of European firms?

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  • Oleg Badunenko

    () (DIW Berlin)

  • Christopher F. Baum

    () (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • Dorothea Schäfer

    () (DIW Berlin)

Abstract

The paper investigates whether the presence and tenure of Private Equity (PE) investment in European companies improves their performance. Previous studies documented the unambiguous merit of a buyout during the 1980s and 1990s for listed firms in the US and UK markets. This study analyzes such influences in both listed and unlisted European firms during 2002-2007. Our analysis suggests that short-term PE investments have, on average, a detrimental effect on firm performance. The performance of a firm that has PE backing is lower than that of a firm without PE backing in the first year of PE investment. Such an effect disappears if PE investments remain in the firm for an uninterrupted six-year term.

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  • Oleg Badunenko & Christopher F. Baum & Dorothea Schäfer, 2010. "Does the tenure of Private Equity investment improve the performance of European firms?," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 730, Boston College Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:730
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    Keywords

    Private equity financing; corporate finance;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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